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Porcshe Moran
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pmoran@boonecountymo.org

Boone County "Week in Review"

For week ending January 2, 2010

Columbia, Mo. (December 31, 2009)—

Things You Might Have Missed...

Update on Sheriff's Annex: On Tuesday, the Boone County Commission awarded the bid for the Sheriff's Annex and Warehouse project to Little Dixie Construction, LLC. The Commission also approved the $1.63 million budget for the project. The Sheriff Annex and Warehouse will provide storage for election equipment and evidence. It will also be used for training deputies.

In the past, the County has rented space for storage, but a recent increase in rent prices prompted the County to build its own facility. The project is being paid for through Recovery Act bonds, the Sheriff Civil Charges Fund and money from the General Fund that would have been spent on rent. In 10 years, the County will own the building and expects to see savings from $60,000 to $70,000 a year.

County Budget Approved: On Tuesday, the Boone County Commission approved Boone County's fiscal year 2010 budget. The County has worked to make cost reductions without reducing service levels. However, due to negative sales tax growth and the reduction of other revenues, the County will be using reserves for the third year to close the gap between revenues and expenditures.

Boards and Commissions: Shann Sievers was appointed to the Industrial Development Authority.

Hospital Trustee Applications Wanted: There is one position open for a five-year term on the Boone County Hospital Center Board of Trustees. The filing deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 5 p.m. For more information, go to http://www.showmeboone.com/clerk/announcement.asp.

Coming Up...

Holiday Office Closing: The Roger B. Wilson Government Center will be closed Friday, Jan.1 in observation of New Year's Day. The building will reopen Monday, Jan. 4.

Personal Property Declaration: Personal Property Declaration filing begins Friday, Jan. 1. Taxpayers must submit a list of personal property to the Assessor before March 1 of each calendar year. Personal Property is assessed each year. The taxpayer is required to update all information concerning the make, model and year of autos, and purchase price and year of purchase, for machinery, office equipment, etc. with the County Assessor at the start of each new year.

Census 2010 Kick-off: On Tuesday, Jan.5, the Census Bureau will hold a press event to raise awareness about the upcoming 2010 census. The event will begin at 10 a.m. in the Roger B. Wilson Government Center, Commission Chambers, 801 E. Walnut, Columbia. Boone County Presiding Commissioner Ken Pearson, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer, Columbia Mayor Darwin Hindman, MU Director of Organizational Development Dr. Julie Middleton and Boone County Community Partnership Executive Director W. Lolita Lucas will speak about how the census effects our community. For more information about the 2010 census go to http://2010.census.gov/2010census/.

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Media Contact:
Porcshe Moran
Tel. 573-886-4312
pmoran@boonecountymo.org

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